This book, first published in August, 1909, excited so much attention that the author was compelled to release two further editions in November 1909 and March 1911. We have all 3 editions so be sure to specify which edition you want in your order.
Quoted from the author's "Introduction."
"Is the Church of Rome gaining or losing ground in the worn field of religious controversy? No other issue, perhaps, in the spiritual struggle of our time attracts a wider interest, yet is concealed from the inquirer by a more perplexing tangle of contradictory statements, than this. To many the Church of Rome seems to silence all question by its display of vitality. Growing outward from the most fascinating city in the world, sending its roots deep into the
life of the past 2000 years, spreading its branches to the outer limit of the five continents, it gives one an instinctive feeling of strength and endurance. It has survived the fiercest storms that have swept over Europe for many ages. Ancient Rome, at least in the days of Diocletian, employed its vast energy to tear it from its soil, yet in a century's time it looked down on the ruins of the Western Empire. It stood proudly out from the barbaric waves that rolled down
from the north, and gathered from them greater force than ever. It flourished through the lethal degradation of the next five centuries, and drew fresh energy from the menacing revival of intellectual life. It reeled for a moment at the mighty upheaval of the Reformation, and then produced a power that almost restored its proportions. It came almost unscathed, apparently, out of the first revolutionary fires of a century ago. Is it possible that it will succumb to the new and subtler forces that seek to loosen its great frame in our time?"
McCabe answers these questions in the affirmative and documents the on-going decay of the church of Rome.